CAIRO: The authorities of Cairo governorate have seized more than 1,150 tuktuks (three wheeled motorcycle taxis) since they were banned mid-July 2015, a source at the headquarters of the city told Youm7 Saturday.
Districts in south of Cairo account for about 450 seized tuktuks, while districts in the west account for 300. The fine for a tuktuk roaming a district illegally is 1,500EGP ($168) the first time and risks being confiscated by the police the second time.
Tuktuks have been banned in 15 districts in Cairo, including Maadi, Heliopolis, Mokattam, Nozha, east and west Nasr City, Sayeda Zeinab, Abdeen, west of Cairo, downtown, Mouski, Azbakeya, Beaulac, Bab al-Shereya, and Waily.
Meanwhile, tukstuks are also banned from all main roads in the entire capital.
Tuktuks spread quickly in Egypt for their small size and flexibility that can fit in narrow streets and take unpaved roads. However, they cause traffic congestion for reaching main streets and some people have voiced concerns about their riders, as some have been involved in crimes such as theft and rape.